Benitez Talks About Newcastle’s Wounded Warrior

It was bad news when Siem de Jong suffered yet another injury in training in Ireland yesterday and the Dutchman has been sent back to Benton for treatment and for a full prognosis on his hamstring injury.

And another player who has been dogged by injury over the last few years has also been injured as Kevin Mbabu picked up a thigh injury and has also returned to the Benton base yesterday.

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Siem de Jong – hamstring injury

Rafa Benitez has talked about the moment that seems to have ended the 27 year-old Dutchman’s chance of cementing a place in the first team to start off the Championship season.

This is what Rafa has said about Siem:

“He was a really bad moment to be fair.” “I was close to him and he tried to keep the ball in with his heel and there was a problem with his hamstring.”

“That can sometimes happen.” “It was a bad movement, but it was a positive thing in terms of trying to get the ball and fighting for that.”

“That’s the positive view, but the negative is that the movement was too dangerous.” “Now we have to wait to see if he is fit.”

Siem de Jong has not played too many games for Newcastle over the two years he’s been at the club (26 games – two goals) and he has talked this summer about maybe getting more first team games by going out on loan.

But we think Rafa wants to see how he would do in the Championship next season.

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Kevin Mbabu – thigh injury

No news yet on how long either Siem or Kevin could be out for, but it’s a bad time to pick up the injury with Rafa having to decide during the preseason friendlies what his best team is likely to be next season.

The first friendly is today against Bohemian at Dalymount Park with a 2:00 pm kick-off.

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